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Jeff Smith - Cutting Taxes by Supporting Schools

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Every other January the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), a nonpartisan agency, reviews Wisconsin’s general fund and projects an economic forecast for the state. Recently the LFB reported an expected $450 million surplus by the end of this biennium, on June 30, 2021.The question now is what do we do with that surplus? 

 

Conservation Voters - Assembly passes inadequate Water Quality Task Force recommendations

Package also contains ‘poison pill’ designed to give polluters undue influence in water policymaking 

MADISON – The Wisconsin Legislature will pass 13 water-related bills today, all of which – either alone or combined – are inadequate for addressing the state’s water quality crisis.

Even worse, the package includes an anti-clean water bill that threatens to sabotage any progress the other bills might create. 

MyVote Wisconsin is having problems - use this alternative

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The State Elections Commission has announced that the normal voting lookup tool for ballots, registration, and polling places is having problems with address lookups. Please use the alternate site  to look up this information today. 

Podcast Episode 1

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Episode 1 of our podcast, So - That Happened is now live. We're still working through a few technical issues, particularly since some of this podcast was recorded in noisy places. 

In this episode we explore citizen activists in the Chippewa Valley who are making a difference through their actions. I went on a bus trip to Madison with the Wisconsin Conservation Voters as they lobbied with their state Senators to pass legislation to protect water in Wisconsin.  I also spoke to Chris Hambuch-Boyle about her efforts to support our public schools for Public Schools Week along with the Wisconsin Public Education Network.

The Big Voting Page

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It's voting time in Wisconsin, with a major state-wide Supreme Court Primary taking place on Tuesday the 18th. Three candidates are running for Supreme Court on Tuesday. Two of the candidates are nominally being supported by progressives in the state - Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone.

Menomonie School District Announces Bullying Statement

SDMA Value Statement on Bullying

Menomonie School Board President Amy Riddle-Swanson reads a new anti-bullying statement from the School District of the Menomonie Area.

Valentine's Day with Jack and the Gang

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It's Valentine's Day - for many of you that means romance, but for people who love Old Time Radio, it's also Jack Benny's birthday. In that spirit, I'd like to share a Valentine's Day Jack Benny Program, featuring Jack's continual efforts to get a date, some WWII references, and the inimitable vocal stylings of Rochester Van Jones. And as always, Jack is trying to get people to see one of his movies - this time it's Charlie's Aunt. 

Wisconsin Public Health Officials Mobilize For The Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Public health authorities and medical professionals in Wisconsin are preparing for potential cases of a respiratory virus that's new to humans, having emerged in China and subsequently spreading around the world.

Senator Smith - Pay Attention Before Your Car is Towed

Senator Jeff Smith

Every day, we consume so much new information. While watching TV, reading the local paper or scrolling through social media, we may even feel overwhelmed by all the news available to us.

 

Dunn County CWD Meeting

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Dunn County CWD Meeting

A meeting was held in Menomonie at 7 PM on  Feb. 12, 2020 to discuss the discovery of a wild deer infected with CWD in central Dunn County, and what plans should occur to deal with the spreading issue.

Menomonie Schools Board Meeting 2/10/2020

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Menomonie WI School Board Meeting 2/10/2020

The Menomonie School District holds its normal monthly board meeting tonight, Feb. 10, 2020. The agenda is attached below. As normal, video of the meeting should be available here sometime on Tuesday.

Hunker Down - More Snow Coming

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The entire Chippewa Valley will have snow starting tonight and running through tomorrow. Predicted amounts through the end of the snow on Sunday range from 4 to 8 inches of predicted snowfall. This should make travel difficult starting late tonight and running through the day on Sunday.

2020 School Board Candidate Forum Live Stream

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Board of the School District of Menomonie spoke to the public Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 E Main, Menomonie.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Sets 2020 Policy Priorities

Photo - Wisconsin Farmers Union members lined up for a chance to share their insights during the grassroots policy discussion at the 89th WFU State Convention Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Rothschild. At the mic is District 3 Director Ed Gorell of Eleva. 

Jeff Smith - Connect Wisconsin with Better Broadband

Governor Tony Evers shined a bright light on the urgency of strengthening our rural communities by calling a special session to take up agriculture bills, creating the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity and establishing the Office of Rural Prosperity. In western Wisconsin, we have an opportunity to step up and continue leading the way.

 

Jeff Smith - Connect Wisconsin with Better Broadband

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Governor Tony Evers shined a bright light on the urgency of strengthening our rural communities by calling a special session to take up agriculture bills, creating the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity and establishing the Office of Rural Prosperity. In western Wisconsin, we have an opportunity to step up and continue leading the way.

 

Supreme Court Forum in Menomonie

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2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum

 

Candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court spoke to the public Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Sorensen Hall (formerly Millenium Hall), Room 205, 121 10th Ave. E, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie.

Wiscontext - The Hidden Costs And Value Of Wisconsin's Search And Rescue Apparatus

In the days following the October 2018 disappearance of Jayme Closs from her home near Barron where her parents were murdered and she was abducted, hundreds of volunteers fanned out across nearby fields, tramped through woods, and scoured ditches in search of any scrap of evidence that could help track down the missing teen.

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